Saturday morning news brief, April 08, 2017

Saturday morning brief Apr 8 2017
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Vijay Mallya’s famous Kingfisher Villa in Candolim, Goa has been sold. After failing to find any bidders at multiple auctions lenders have agreed to dispose the property through a negotiated sale to actor-businessman Sachiin Joshi. He is understood to have paid marginally higher than the last reserve price of Rs 73 crore. Read
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Guilty motorists will now have to bear the compensation to victims in accidents caused by drunk driving. According to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, insurance companies will no longer bear the cost. However, the provision of trying drunk drivers for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in case of a victim’s death has not been included in the amendment.
In a first, a Haryana court has ordered that summons in a partition suit be served via WhatsApp. A financial commissioner court, a quasi-judicial body, said that the step will prevent delay in service of summons to opposite parties. “An email address or a mobile phone number is also the address of a person in the present times,” it observed.
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The Supreme Court asked the Centre and six states to respond why ‘gau rakshaks’ should not be banned. It was hearing a PIL that alleged that cow vigilante groups are spreading violence and committing atrocities against Dalits and minority communities. Response has been sought from the Centre and also from Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Jharkhand.
All four major and oldest high courts, in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, now have women chief justices. With the appointment of Indira Banerjee as chief justice of the Madras HC on March 31, women created history by heading all four historical HCs. Bombay HC is now headed by Justice Manjula Chellur, Calcutta HC by Justice Nishita Nirmal Mhatre and Delhi HC by Justice G Rohini.
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